Special Sub-Topic: Hockey in the Sun
|Who was the Kings' first pick in the expansion draft of 1967?|
Terry Sawchuk. The Kings were the first of the 6 new teams to choose, and they selected Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk.
|In their first season of existence, how many different arenas did the Kings call home?|
3. The "Fabulous" Forum did not open until midway through their first season (in December, 1967), so until that time they played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and the Long Beach Arena.
|In an attempt to popularize the new sport and team in L.A., eccentric owner Jack Kent Cooke gave nicknames to many players, and insisted that the play-by-play announcers use these nicknames when calling the games. Which of the following was not a nickname of a Kings' player?|
"Moose" Desjardins. Bill Flett already had the nickname "Cowboy" as that was his off-season occupation on his ranch in Alberta. Cooke insisted his announcers only call him "Cowboy" instead of Bill. Eddie Joyal was nicknamed "Jet" because of his speed and fast slap shot. Cooke went a step further with Juha Widing. He gave him the nickname "Whitey" because of his blonde hair, and changed the pronunciation of his last name (from "Vee-ding" to "Why-ding") so it was closer to rhyming with Whitey.
|Who was not a member of the high scoring line known as the "triple crown line" that set Kings' scoring records in the late 70s and early 80s?|
Bob Berry. While Berry was one of the club's top scorers in the 1970s, he was not a member of the triple crown line.
|Which was not true about the 1982 first round playoff series between the Kings and Edmonton Oilers?|
Wayne Gretzky missed the series with a shoulder injury. Gretzky played in every game in the series, getting 5 goals and 7 assists in the 5 games. The Kings won game one by a score of 10-8, which set a record for most total goals in a playoff game. Game 3 became known as the "Miracle on Manchester" (the street where the Forum was located), as the Kings rallied from a 5-0 third period deficit to win 6-5 in overtime. The Oilers compiled a regular season record of 48-17-15(111 points) while the Kings were 24-41-15 (63 points). In terms of point difference (48 points), this set a record as the biggest upset in Stanley Cup playoff history.
|Who was not involved in the trade that brought Wayne Gretzky to the Kings from the Oilers?|
Charlie Huddy. Defenseman Huddy came to Kings a couple years after the Gretzky deal. Gretzky came to the Kings with McSorley and Krushelnyski, while Carson, Martin Gelinas, cash, and draft choices went to Edmonton.
|The 1990-91 Kings were the first pro franchise in Los Angeles to sell out every home game in a season.|
True. Despite the historic success of the Dodgers, Lakers, and Rams, it was the hockey's Kings who were the first in L.A. to sell out every home game in a single season.
|Who was the first King to win one of the NHLs annual awards given at the end of each season?|
Bob Pulford. Dionne won the Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer) and Lady Byng trophy (sportmanship), Robitaille won the Calder trophy (rookie of the year), and Gretzky won the Art Ross trophy and Hart Trophy (MVP). Pulford was the first King to win a postseason honor as he won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 1975.
|Which of the following was not one of the teams the Kings defeated in the playoffs on their way to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals?|
Edmonton Oilers. The Kings defeated the Flames in six games, the Canucks in six games, and the Maple Leafs in seven games.
|In the playoff game that become known as "The Stunner at Staples", what team did the Kings defeat 4-3 in overtime after trailing 3-0 with only 5 minutes remaining in the game?|
Detroit Red Wings. In the first round of the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Kings trailed the heavily favored Red Wings 2 games to 1, and trailed in game four by a score of 3-0 with five minutes remaining. The Kings scored to make it 3-1, and with just under 3 minutes to go, the Red Wings drew a penalty. Kings coach Andy Murray gambled and pulled goalie Felix Potvin to give the Kings a 2-man advantage. They scored on the power play to make it 3-2 and scored again in the last minute to force overtime. They won in OT and went on to win the series on Adam Deadmarsh's overtime goal in game 6.
|Who was the first King to score 4 goals in a game?|
Serge Bernier. Bernier, who later starred with the Quebec Nordiques after jumping to the WHA, scored 4 goals in a game in 1973.
|This King scored overtime goals in two games of the 1976 playoff series vs. Boston, as the Kings extended the heavily-favored Bruins to 7 games. Who was it?|
Butch Goring. Goring scored in overtime in game 2 and again in game 6. Dionne had a hat-trick in the Kings other win in the series in game 3. Goring was later traded to the Islanders late in the 1979-80 season and helped them win 4 Stanley Cups.
|Luc Robitaille won the Calder trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year for the 1986-87 season. Who finished 2nd in the voting behind Robitaille?|
Ron Hextall. Robitaille tallied 45 goals and 39 assists in winning the award. Philadelphia goalie Ron Hextall finished 2nd in the voting. Carson was Robitaille's rookie teammate and he had a fine season with 37 goals and 42 assists. Lemieux won the award in 1985, and Roy was a rookie in the 1985-86 season.
|He was the first King to win the Norris trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL. |
Rob Blake. Blake won the award for the 1997-98 season.
|In the second round of the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs, what goalie out-dueled Patrick Roy in the Kings' 1-0 double-overtime win in game 6?|
Felix Potvin. The Kings trailed the favored Avalanche 3 games to 1 but won in Colorado in game 5 to bring the series back to L.A. In a memorable game six double-overtime thriller, Potvin and Roy each made numerous remarkable saves for nearly five periods of hockey before the Kings scored to force a game 7. Hrudey played with the Kings from 1989-96 and was the #1 goalie on the Kings's Stanley Cup finalist in 1993. Lessard was a King netminder from 1979 to 1984 and was an all star in 1980. Storr, a #1 draft pick, was their backup goalie from 1997-2003.
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